They’re the best Anime that 2008 has to offer! We counts down the best anime to come out this year, including the likes of To Heart 2 AD, Kiss x Sis, Kimi ga Nozomu Eien: Next Season, and more!
10: To Heart 2 AD
English: ToHeart 2 AD
MAL Score: 6.87
Based on the Visual Novel ToHeart 2 AD (Another Days), the sequel to ToHeart 2.
9: Kiss x Sis
MAL Score: 6.89
When Keita Suminoe’s father remarried, not only did he gain a new mother, but elder twin sisters as well. Distinct yet similar, the homely and mature Ako is a former student council president, while the athletic and aloof Riko is the previous disciplinary president. The three of them have been together since kindergarten, resulting in a deep bond between the siblings. However, over time, their relationship developed into something more romantic—and erotic .
Now in his last year of middle school, Keita has already received a sports recommendation, but it’s from a different high school than his two sisters. Disappointed, both sisters try to change his mind, and he agrees, giving in to their desperate pleas. Unaware of the consequences, he now has to attempt to study for his high school exams while warding off the advances of his lust-driven sisters. With their parent’s blessings, Ako and Riko strive to be Keita’s future wife, leaving him to try his best to keep the relationship between them strictly platonic. However, with two beautiful girls vying for his attention, will Keita be able to withstand the endless temptations?
Kiss x Sis can be described in pretty much a single sentence: a guy named Keita and his two step sisters Ako and Riko doing horny and perverted things to each other around the clock, solely because they want to. That’s all. That’s all it needs to be. What makes Kiss x Sis stand out is that for once it is actually hot. The problem with most ecchi anime is that their ecchiness generally only consists of random panty shots and breasts plastered across the screen, and I think most people will agree with me if I say that you need something a bit more sophisticated than that if you want to turn people on. But Kiss x Sis has almost none of that. Instead what the show does have is countless deep kissing scenes, licking and sucking of just about all body parts, grinding, masturbation scenes, on-screen orgasms, countless types of sexual plays and more. In other words it actually *does something* in a sexual sense, instead of solely trying to rely on eye candy. As a result, what you end up with is a non-hentai show which can legitimately be used as fap material without forcing yourself, and that’s something extraordinarily rare to see. N-Not that I would do something like that myself or anything.
As far as ecchi elements themselves go, I think Kiss x Sis is most likely the best anime within the genre. There is no other anime which can consistently get you aroused as a viewer as much as this one does. The only thing it’s lacking a bit is actual characterization, as there is very little information given about the girls themselves which make you not think of them all too much. All you’ll really care about is seeing them get all hot and bothered with each other. Not that that’s too big of a problem per se, but if the show had as likeable girls as other borderline hentai series like To LOVE-Ru Darkness for example, then I’d probably have to give this a 10, as in that case it’d be as close to perfect as an ecchi anime can get.
Another thing that ticks me off a bit is the side characters in the show, specifically Keita’s homeroom teacher, her little sister as well as a random glasses girl from his school. While they’re not bad characters per se, and while they also have really hot ecchi scenes with Keita, I can’t help but feel like those scenes would have been even better had they simply starred Ako and Riko instead. The wincest feel is a major aspect of the show after all, and thus not using it to its full potential feels a bit wasted to me.
The soundtrack mostly consists of background music appropriate for sex scenes. Yes, it’s just the kind of jazzy background music you’d find in porn films. On the other hand the opening theme is surprisingly awesome and super catchy. As far as voice acting goes, be prepared to hear a lot of moaning and dirty talk, but the seiyuus definitely pull it off with flying colors.
Overall there are definitely a few things here and there I can nitpick on but they’re still quite minor stuff. What you see is still what you get, and Kiss x Sis stands out as quite likely the hottest non-hentai anime ever made, and that’s a quite impressive achievement in and of itself. If you’ve only seen the TV airing of the show, then I’d recommend giving the OVA series a shot as well as they’re significantly lewder and all-round better for its own intents and purposes.
If you’re looking for a textbook showcasing of what really good ecchi looks like, then look no further than this. Just make sure that your parents aren’t home when you decide to watch it.
I was quite impressed with this show. Sure, the plot is limited to a bunch of extremely sexual scenes and the characters don’t have much depth, but Kiss x Sis is able to succeed where other anime like it have not. I’ve watched plenty of harem/ecchi anime and have really enjoyed some of them. However, I find that a lot of these anime fail to effectively use ecchi elements. Sometimes they’ll show a random panty shot or have an unnecessary close up on a character’s breasts. Such scenes are usually meaningless and fail to stimulate the viewer, which is what they intend to do, and instead end up just wasting time. Kiss x Sis actually embodies the term ecchi by being incredibly hot and exciting without crossing the border into hentai.
Some ecchi anime try to throw in a plot to go along with the fan service in an attempt to have more meaning and depth. However these “plots” usually end up being completely nonsensical and poorly composed, and instead of making these anime better like they were intended to, these oftentimes unintelligible plot lines actually make the shows worse. Kiss x Sis doesn’t bother to spend time developing a meaningless story and instead focuses on making as many creatively stimulating moments as possible, which definitely works in its favor.
Keep in mind that this ova initially aired back in 2008. Even though it’s older, the female characters are still more detailed and have better designs than many of the characters in newer anime that I’ve seen. This makes them even more enjoyable to watch when they’re doing dirty things and makes me sincerely wish that I was in that lucky dastard Keita’s shoes.
The voice acting was fine, but I was really impressed with the believable moans of ecstasy and other sexual noises that the seiyuu made. The girls just sounded so cute, which heightened the overall experience for me. The theme songs and soundtrack are decent, but nothing to write home about.
While they aren’t developed as characters, the cast is still really fun to watch. Especially Riko and Ako Suminoe, the main character’s sisters and the stars of the show. They both have very fun personalities and their unquenchable love for their brother is admirable. The two of them have practically all of the qualities that I’d want in an older sister (I-If I was into incestuous stuff. Which I’m totally not. Y-You gotta believe me!) They’re just so great, and watching their flirtatious advancements towards their brother was an enjoyable experience. The other prominent girls showcased in this anime are also pleasant to watch and each have their own moments in the spotlight. They definitely were a positive contribution to the show. Now Keita himself if a rather plain and generic character, but that’s okay, since his purpose is to be that character that the viewers imagine themselves as, so he really doesn’t need to be anything special.
I’d be lying if I told you that I wasn’t turned on multiple times while watching this. And that’s exactly what an ecchi anime is supposed to do, which is why I ended up being quite fond of this show. I loved seeing all of the dirty situations that the sisters got their brother in. There were many hot and unique ones, and it was a joy watching all of them. Kiss x Sis also managed to be absolutely hilarious at times and kept a smile on my face throughout all of the episodes.
If extreme ecchi isn’t your thing or it makes you uncomfortable, then don’t watch Kiss x Sis. If you believe that a lewd animated show which was created purely for entertainment is “wrong” and “disgusting,” then don’t watch it and don’t condescend people who enjoy it. It’s as simple as that. And if you’re someone who wants to watch something sexy and entertaining, I’d definitely recommend Kiss x Sis.
I wouldn’t say is borderline hentai, but it will seem so on moments.
I love pretty much all of it. The story is not mind blowing, but its very well explained.
There’s way more than just accidental boob touching. Way more.
Your mind will scream omg.
The thing I admire and love about the story and the execution is how everyone but Keita sees the stepsister thing as completely normal. That’s where the fun is. He is barely able to hold it and is constantly under some guilt trip. Not to say his sisters aren’t, but less so. Even his parents tell him that if he should marry one of them. So in a way this anime could be seen as a battle between Keita’s guilty mind and his instincts.
I feel the anime met a short end. It doesn’t feel like an ending, but it was great for all its glory and sheer pervy-ness.
I highly recommend it to ecchi lovers, even though there’s no chance you haven’t watched it by now. In case you haven’t, drop all your worries and go watch it.
8: Kimi ga Nozomu Eien: Next Season
English: Rumbling Hearts OVA
Japanese: 君が望む永遠 OVA
MAL Score: 6.93
After Haruka Suzumiya got out from the hospital from her three years of coma. She moved back to with her parents and continued to date Takayuki Narumi. She wanted to see her old friend Mitsuki Hayase who Takayuki Narumi dated while she was in coma.
Over all 10/10, still really sad though.
Somehow they just made it look plain and boring, and changed too much on the characters. The only good thing was Haruka moving on with her life, and she finally got the spotlight to show how strong she are, even if we did see some of it in the original series too.
I was happy when I saw this version of the story which has a better end , happy people, caring people, loving people.
The original had more dramatic scenes that sometimes made you cry which I is why I appreciate it
but this is very well made as well.
You can tell the difference in these endings because of the feelings expressed in them. It is always good to see such hardships in life because they remind you of what is important in your life and how you should cherish the people you hold dear.
It made me have a better understanding of life and I hope it will help others as well
7: Ikoku Irokoi Romantan
MAL Score: 6.97
Japanese yakuza clan heir Ranmaru just got married on a lavish cruise ship, but things aren’t as they seem. The marriage is just for the appearances, and he ends up getting drunk and spending the night not with his bride but with the sexy ship captain. When the two men meet again in Italy, it is the start of a spectacular love story.
That doesn’t mean to say though that you won’t enjoy watching it anyway. If you’re into yaoi, Ikoku Irokoi Romantan is a nice, short OVA that can provide you with a little boy love fix.
The story isn’t groundbreaking but it’s enjoyable to watch, the characters are a little bit predictable but I couldn’t help but like them anyway. There are some quite unrealistic scenes in it which might leave you thinking; Oh that would never happen!
But the point of this anime isn’t to bring shocking realism to a gay love story. The point is that it’s a fantasy. There are a couple of hot scenes if you’re into your boy smut & there are some quite funny moments as well as a little action thrown in for good measure.
I don’t think non-yaoi fans would like it all that much but for anyone who wants to watch themselves a non-heavy and fun boy-love anime, then give Ikoku Irokoi Romantan a go.
Plot and story:
This short anime is about Ranmaru who recently got married. He ends up drinking on their wedding day and, obviously, becomes drunk. The captain then takes advantage of Ranmaru’s drunk state and leads him to a room on the ship where he rapes Ranmaru. Yes. Rape. Non-consensual sexual activities.
Even if it had been with consent, there is no love story or romance. Not even friendship. The captain clearly has no interest in Ranmaru’s personality or life and only wants to bang him, which is far from being romantic in my opinion.
The captain is a disgrace to Italians, even though he’s just a fictional character. He’s clearly not interested in forming any sort of relationship with Ranmaru. Considering how he has no sense of moral, personal space or respect, I’m sure this isn’t the first time he has done this either.
As for Ranmaru, there isn’t much to his character. While watching the anime, I couldn’t relate to this character, his personality was flat and by the end, we don’t know much about him other than about his marriage. Overall, he wasn’t an interesting character.
Design and art:
The only plus for this forsaken anime. Ranmaru looks handsome, which is probably the only reason why Captain Rape wanted him.
I think I’ve already made my opinion about this anime as clear as possible.
But at least the horrifying experience was short (Thank God for that).
This is just another anime that proves Japan can’t create a proper yaoi and/or shounen ai anime.
It completely skips the most important thing in a love story and jumps directly to the bed scene, as if that is what romance is all about.
Before I watched this anime, I was expecting drama, romance and angst. Three typical things in forbidden love stories, which is what the anime was supposed to be. Did the anime have any of these things? No.
As a hopeless romantic person, I want to see actual romance. Seeing two guys in a bed will never impress me. The love needs to be pure and the bond between the characters needs to be strong and well developed. This anime had neither of these things and failed to convince me that these two main characters love each other, which means the anime has failed to show and work with its main genre – romance.
Such a disappointment.
I recommend skipping this anime. Read a fanction or a doujinshi about your favorite pairing instead.
The art is very good,thought out the ova’s there is no point where I could complain about it as expected from PrimeTime who also brought us Koisuru Boukun,Kirepapa etc
The cast of voice actors is great,the main character being voiced by Itou Kentarou who voices Hiroki from Junjou Romantica and the captain voiced by Suwabe Junichi who is Frau from 07 Ghost.
In only two ova’s is its hard to not have one dimensional characters,The characters don’t change dramaticly thought out the ova’s but Im not dissapointed in it,they change enough to be satisfied.
The enjoyment was good,there where points where I wanted to scream of excitement and embarrassment as the main character lives up to his partner’s needs which leads him into shame anpon family members and friends.
Overall this is one of my favourite yaoi animes,don’t just skip it becuase its not a series,I think for a boyXboy fan this is a much watch !
6: Tsuma Shibori
English: Beautiful Sisters
MAL Score: 7.08
Kousuke lives a boring life without women…. One day, his father introduces a woman, Madoka, and he is forced to live with her. Madoka’s older sister Sakura starts to live with them to keep watch on them and his cohabitation with two beautiful sisters starts….a world filled with wives in need of some attention awaits him.
Story 10/10 A lonely college student dropout when to homeless. In the midst of despair a beautiful woman suddenly appears and proposed to live with her. A very light hearted exposition and steady pace was kept. The emotions were lightly portrayed and the setting was good. There was also comic effect in between the scenes. The story itself i think is the heart of this hentai.
Art 9/10 Art was good. Not to detailed but perhaps it is only adequate for the setting to be explained. Character designs were superb.
Sound 10/10 Great seiyuus. Because of the soft texture of the story mindlessly screaming was not necessary which i was glad of.
Character 10/10 Characters were keenly portrayed. Each has a sense of individuality. Realistic attitudes were incorporated.
Enjoyment 10/10 I really enjoyed watching this and i would highly recommend this to all who enjoys erotic genres.
Overall 10/10 One of the best hentais of its time
Tags:Vanilla, female solo, m/f
Heart warming story with some spice(hot) drama. Originally there was no plan or at least undecided future for the main character. Lucky for him his future made it self known real fast. Although, even than his future wasn’t carved into stone. Will he let other(s) decide his fate or will he choose his?
Similar to that of hentai anime Dirty Laundry. Although, while i do understand sisters are supposed to look alike a little more different distinguishing characteristics would have been nice.
A couple segments of dislike i feel i should mention. Such as in some moments while it did have an impact on emphasizing the sun and steam the art was a tad bright.
Also, there was a brief five second or so moment of staring what i believe to have been a ceiling. Hard to tell for there was next to nothing show at the time. I would have had i been the artist did something creative like show a ceiling fan with some interesting art attached on the blades of the fan. Something for the audience to be attentive to.
5: D.C.if: Da Capo if
Japanese: D.C.if ダ カーポ イフ
MAL Score: 7.15
This two episode OVA retelling of the first Da Capo series with the “what if” Junichi Asakura were to return Kotori Shirakawa’s feelings.
Da Capo: If is a Harem, Romantic, Comedy, Drama(?) that follows the same old story as its previous incarnations, not sure where it fits into the timeline though. Junichi is a guy who has somehow attracted a large female following. Although this time round the magical aspect is played down and Kotori fans are offered some fanservice, since the all important “what if he ends up with Kotori?” question is answered. Like most of the people who preferred Kotori, amongst the Da Capo girls, I was expecting great things from this short OVA. Yet it comes to no surprise that this turned out to be quite the disappointment. Yet what really surprised me was that the whole thing felt like it was too long and that became its major downfall. The story literally begins with Kotori about to get married and we’re supposed to flashback to see how it came to pass. But sadly the writers decided to pad the story with clichés, you will see coming a mile off and pointless character interactions.
The characters are the same as ever however after sitting through 4 series; seeing the same old faces, with their rather annoying quirks (banana girl) can be more tiresome than paying attention to a dull Math’s lecture. So whatever characters you liked in the previous Da Capo series, you will like here and whatever character didn’t like… just don’t expect shift in your own opinion.
Sadly this is the same case with the animation and soundtrack, as they have both remained unchanged. Not to forget that this is from the style of the Da Capo series & not the Da Capo II series, so everything just looks & sounds older than it should be. At least the die-hard fans of the Da Capo series will get a sense of nostalgia after hearing the 2 insert songs used.
Overall Da Capo If did give an answer to a question that I’ve had on my mind since starting the series… was it a good answer? You tell me. All I know was that it was dragged on with the most trivial issue imaginable; making the drama it was supposed to have, quite laughable. At least the romance was rather refreshing and having a story focusing on Junichi & Kotori was a great idea however one thing I would like to know… what on earth happened to Nemu?
That’s it 🙂
This is a 2 episode OVA that plays with the alternate path where Shirakawa wins, much like the KGNE OVA where Haruka wins. Sadly, this attempt falls short of where I had hoped for it to be. Yes you have your original Da Capo cast and yes the music and scenery all looks familiar, but the awesome, gripping story of Da Capo is all but missing.
The animation style is the same as the original animation and the quality is fairly good. There are one or two places where I noticed an inconsistency in the drawing but otherwise it was fairly well done. The colors/scenery fit the mood quite well and, well, Kotori is Kotori.
An interesting OP and ED (in episode 1)… the OP is new but reminiscent of other Da Capo OPs and the ED is not much. BGM is traditional Da Capo love it or hate it style. VA cast is the same as the original so you get your Yui Horie.
The jumping off point in this show is somewhere in the middle of DC SS, so you should probably watch up through DC SS for much of this to make sense.
The story starts off with the ending of the OVA before jumping back in time (I wasn’t sure at first which was quite confusing) and working forwards again.
It’s known from the start that Kotori is getting her man, but in traditional Da Capo style they throw in a little drama. Sadly, the attempt at drama was a bit nonsensical and the characters’ reactions over the top. Think of KGNE Next Season’s plot twist but over a much more meaningless reason.
The resolution to the conflict is likewise pitifully made up, and it seemed like they just wanted to find a way for Yui Horie to sing a song. In any case, this part was the real downer in this short OVA.
The characters are well defined/developed in the original show by this point so there isn’t too much to be expected here. It’s really difficult to separate characters/story, especially if the character’s development is pretty much the story… But leaving that in the story section, the overall characters were (other than the horrible story) true to their original nature.
There are some cute scenes and moments worthy of the Da Capo name, but the rest of it fell short, leaving much to be desired.
4: School Rumble San Gakki
English: School Rumble 3rd Semester
MAL Score: 7.31
A short 2 episodes attempt to conclude the series. Karasuma goes to America after the end of the third term. Will Harima finally confess? What will happen with Tenma and Karasuma?
We all start by getting thrown into an arc of the manga leagues ahead of where Ni Gakki left off. Needless to say you will be completely lost unless you have been following the School Rumble manga. To make a rather long and tedious story short, this "OVA" combines some of the most defining moments of the manga, to what made the manga a complete wreck in the first place. We have Harima’s defining moment as a man to the inevitable train wreck known as School Rumble.
Then comes the art section of this review. I was rather (well completely) disappointed at how the first episode (episode 25) was animated. I expected so much more in terms of quality from an OVA (botched 3rd season). Though I gave the score of ‘7’ given that the second episode (episode 26) completely redeemed the failures of the previous episode. You should be able to see the differences between the two episodes if you decide to watch this OVA.
Then we have the sound section. Nothing really new given that they pretty much reused the tracks of School Rumble Season One and Ni Gakki.
As I have mentioned before, this OVA combines the most defining moments of the manga as well as what made it an epic failure in the first place. When it is all said and done, everything boils down to character development. Even if you haven’t read the parts of the manga this OVA covers, you will know how our protagonist (smack yourself if you think I’m talking about Tenma) develops over the course of the second episode. Then prepare to facepalm near the final moments of the episode as the author of this story gives a middle finger to all the fans of School Rumble.
I can’t say I enjoyed this OVA to the extent of the first season and Ni Gakki. The elements of what made this show great (the comedy and the shipping lanes) were severely lacking. Though it can be attributed to the fact that we were only given 2 out of 26 episodes…it still wouldn’t change the horrible ending of SR. I’m not a big fan of anime original endings, but why oh why didn’t they give us one…
Thus ends the story of School Rumble…off to the next future train wreck known as School Rumble Z!
I’m a huge fan of school rumble. I wanted to like this “third season” and more than anything I wanted to see how things turned out, but this is not what we wanted, this not school rumble. Do yourself a favor and pretend it ended with season 2. Even season 2’s non ending was better than this crap. I have never before seen an author stupid enough to marginalize the most interesting character (whom happens to be the main character) in favor of switching the focus to the least interesting character.
While i haven’t read the manga, some basic checking of the last chapter of it shows the ending is more or less the same as the anime, something that viewers of both seem to support. This is important to note because the manga ending is one of the most universally reviled endings there is for any manga i’ve seen.
This ova tries to take a ton of the manga and quickly bringer the viewer up to date with what happened before it gets to the aforementioned shit ending. The result is the viewer be bombarded with tons of quick scenes at the start. In order to support the shit ending, a lot of changes were made to the story that annoys me as a fan of the series. It Is almost like the author got tired of the series so started inventing tons of random crap to lead to an ending that wasn’t support at all before this. The ending was also horrible, beyond bad, being one of the worst endings ever in the history of anime. Nothing foreshadowed it and in order to pull it off, the author had to radically alter personalities, invent crazy events and generally make a mockery of the entire series by ignoring everything that had happened previously.
Art is the same as the rest of the series. If you liked it before, you will like it now. I liked it before, thus I like it now.
Same as art. Sound is same as rest of the series. Music was so-so with nothing really standing out to me.
What the hell! As I said in overall, the author makes a clear push to change the main character of the series from Harimma to Karasuma. In order to do this, Karasuma suddenly has his personality radically altered and is defined a lot more than he was in the entire two seasons before this. It is too bad that I already decided he annoys the hell out of me after two seasons of him being an emotionless robot that treats Tenma like crap (curry > her comment being the big and direct example). Harima’s character also changes for the worse too.
I wish I had just pretended it ended with season two. Since I liked school rumble quite a bit, the pain of how bad season 3 was hurts even more. Karasuma was a purposefully annoying character throughout the entire series so seeing him made in to a main character that I was supposed to feel sorry for pissed me off too.
It has similar artwork to the first two seasons, but the change in producers is noticeable. Brings back the nice songs from the first two terms, and remains loyal to each character’s personality.
They’re supposed to be the last two episodes of the third season of School Rumble; hopefully, the 24 previous episodes to these two will be aired as well.
Overall, it’s enjoyable and funny, although it doesn’t even comes close to be as good as School Rumble 1st Term and 2nd Term.
3: Mahou Sensei Negima!: Shiroki Tsubasa Ala Alba
Japanese: 魔法先生ネギま！～白き翼 ALA ALBA～
MAL Score: 7.44
OVA episodes that are bundled with the limited edition of the manga volumes 23-25. First episode to cover chapters 176 and 177 of the manga. Second episode to cover chapters 178-180. And third episode to cover chapters 182 and 183.
I won’t even talk about the two OVAs, Haru and Natsu….
Upon hearing of the third iteration of the series, Mahou Sensei Negima: Shiroki Tsubasa Ala Alba, it seemed that hope was not lost for a decent animated version, especially as the story was supposed to follow events from certain chapters of the manga.
Unfortunately that hope was in vain.
The main problem with this OVA is that even though the story is pretty much the chapters from the manga in animated form, it’s not really designed to appeal to anyone but fans of the manga. This is, unfortunately, a poor move as the OVA doesn’t actually enhance the story or develop the characters in any meaningful way, and is little more than eye candy for the existing fans of the manga.
That said, the Ala Alba iis a very good adaptation of the chapters it covers. It’s so good in fact, that the viewer would be able to watch the OVA and skip the relevant chapters, and they wouldn’t miss a bit of the story. As adaptations go, this is up there with the most complete. The biggest problem with it is that it won’t appeal to newcomers to the series, or to those who have only watched the anime versions, as the story is taken from the middle of the manga so there’s no real explanation about events or characters.
As far as animation and design goes, this is actually very well made. The characters, backgrounds and settings are taken directly from the manga, with only a minor alteration here and there. The animation is fluid and the visual effects are well used. However, like the notorious Negima!? and the OVAs, this is a SHAFT production, and whilst they may be a great animation studio, they do have a tendency to do some rather odd things with animation at times. Their penchant for this rears it’s super deformed head in this OVA on several occasions and, more often that not, it serves as a distraction rather than an enhancement.
In terms of sound, the OVA will definitely appeal to fans of both anime series. The OP is a new rendition of the notoriously boppy “Happy Material”, whilst the ED is a slightly more martial take on “Kagayaku Kimi e”. The music used throughout the series has a decidedly upbeat tone which, given the lack of any truly serious events in this section of the story, isn’t a bad choice on the whole. The sound effects are atmospheric and well choregraphed, with the most impressive being the distorted vocals when a spell is being chanted, which is then overlayed by the characters voice. The effect is rather surreal at times.
The biggest plus for the OVA is that the gang is all here. The various (and numerous), seiyuu from both anime series, and the Haru and Natsu OVAs, are all gathered together once more.
One interesting thing that arises because of this though, is how a different look and feel can affect how one hears things. This is especially true for those who have watched either, or both, of the other two series. The characters, as a whole, have become more, or less, likeable in the OVA, although I should point out that this is in terms of individual characters and not as a group. Given that each character is played by the same seiyuu, and is essentially doing the same things and behaving in the same manner as before, I found this changed perception gave the OVA a slightly odd feel compared to the other efforts.
Negima is notorious for having oodles of characters however this OVA, being simply an animated form of certain chapters, doesn’t really have the scope to develop them in any meaningful way. One thing that does get highlighted is the disparity in terms of “power” between the girls that have contracts with Negi, and those that don’t. Aside from that though, there isn’t really anything else.
I did actually enjoy Ala Alba, as it made a nice change to see what the anime adaptations could have been like if they’d followed the manga. However, this is an OVA that will only really appeal to fans of the manga, although fans of either anime series who have yet to read the manga may want to check it out as it will give a taste of that version.
On the whole, it’s not a bad OVA, and it does have some plusses going for it, especially how closely it follows the manga. That said, I would have preferred to see something that added to the overall story rather than a glorified version of chapters I’ve already read.
I honestly had chills running down my spine the whole time.
After the disappointing first animated series (which forgot that it was shonen, minimizing or directly ignoring important fights and characters to the plot, only leaving the harem part of the original work), after a weird (to say at least) second anime, and after two OVAS that were loosely based in some manga chapters, in 2008 we finally got a high quality and faithful Negima adaptation (to some chapters, at least).
Shiroki Tsubasa Ala Alba is a three part OVA series that adapts from the end of the Mahora tournament until the preparations for the trip to Wales. With that last sentence, most of you probably understand that this wasn’t thought for the big audience: the plot of this OVAS starts in chapter 176 of the manga, while the first anime adapts (again, loosely) only as far as chapter 53. This was made specifically for Negima fans that read the manga, so, if you, person reading this review, aren’t one of those, you can stop reading now. Or don’t, do as you please.
Story: When the Mahora Festival ends, Negi Springfield thinks is time to get serious about that searching dad thing, so, after a talk with Albireo Ima, he decides to go to Wales, where the door to Mundus Magicus is supposed to be. But first thing first: under Eva’s guardianship, Ala Alba (the White Wings, a subtle tribute to Negi’s father team, the Crimson Wings), was born: a special school club with one objective: find Nagi Springfield.
Besides Negi, the new team consists of his seven partners (Asuna, Nodoka, Setsuna, Konoka, Haruna, Yue and Chisame), Ku Fei, Kaede, Asukura (with Sayo), Chachamaru and Kotaro (yes people: after four animated adaptations, the other man in the good guys side make his debut). This elite group is ready to train their asses to become stronger, and accomplish their objective. Unfortunately, Ayaka and the rest of the 3-A girls will discover their plans, and will want to join the journey…
Animation: The quality of these OVA is outstanding. Or maybe is just very good, and it looks amazing only when comparing with the first anime. The landscapes are very pretty, clear and bright (is very noticeable, because most of the action takes place in a beach and in Eva resort), and most important, the character design is faithful to the manga (closest to Negima!? than Mahou Sensei Negima), which means Chisame won’t screw the rules cause she have green hair (somebody understand the reference? xD), no more chocolate for Chamo, and other stuff.
As for magic, there aren’t many fights (these chapters are rather preparation for what is coming), but all the powers used are well made and flashy, especially in the first match of the first episode, and Eva ice powers.
And since this is a close adaptation of the manga, there’s fan service every now and then (but not as much as the first manga chapters).
Sound: The opening of the first anime, Happy Material, is back, less upbeat but more calm (not only is the opening, is the ending of the third chapter). The ending is also the one of Mahou Sensei Negima, Kagayaku Kimi e, and again, this version is a little more serene than the original. All the seiyuus of the first and second series are here, plus Marina Inoue as Kotaro (you may know her as Yoko in Gurren Lagan, or Rei in Highschool of the Dead). They all do a great job (they’re all good seiyuus, after all, they sing their own opening and ending), although the intonation of some is a bit weird, especially Mana (which, frankly, scares) and Asakura.
Verdict: this OVAs are, simply put, the best thing animated with the Negima name (until now at least… I think we all have hopes in the movie), only because is loyal to the original source. That means good drawing (it crush the first anime in this apartment) and good characterization (no weird poems by Zazie nor Yuna playing with tanks, or whatever). This is so faithful, that, unfortunately, only the manga followers (and I really mean followers… the ending has random images of chapters as advanced as 287!) will understand it, cause it start in a very arbitrary point.
That’s a shame, cause, even is this isn’t the more action oriented part of the story, it has lots of humor, and is really funny.
But, like I say: this is very recommendable for persons who read the manga and are dying for something animated. And the continuations are very good too: Mahou Sensei Negima! Mou Hitotsu no Sekai y Mahou Sensei Negima! Mou Hitotsu no Sekai Extra: Mahou Shoujo Yue.
… And if for some reason you read this review without having read the manga, I strongly recommend you to read it. It’s one of the best mangas going around right now.
Después de una decepcionante primer serie animada (que se olvido por completo que era un shonen, minimizando o directamente ignorando las peleas que eran relevantes a la trama), de una segunda serie… bastante extraña, y de dos OVAs ligeramente basados en algunos hechos del manga, en el 2008, finalmente, se realizaron trabajos de calidad que adaptaban fielmente la historia de Mahou Sensei Negima… o al menos, una parte. Shiroki Tsubasa Ala Alba es una tanda de 3 OVAs que abarca desde el final del torneo de Mahora, hasta los preparativos del viaje a Gales. Con esta ultima oración ya abran notado que esto no está apuntado a un público masivo: la trama de estos OVAs arranca desde el capítulo 176 del manga, mientras que el primer anime adapta (de forma bastante libre y salteándose varias cosas importantes) hasta el capitulo 53. Esto está hecho específicamente para los fans de Negima que leyeron el manga, así que si usted, lector, no lo hizo, puede dejar de leer ahora mismo. O no, haga lo que quiera.
Historia: Finalizado el torneo de Mahora, Negi Springfield piensa que es momento de tomarse en serio esto de buscar a su padre, por lo que después de hablar con Albireo Ima, decide ir a Gales, donde se encuentra la puerta al mundo mágico. Pero primero lo primero: bajo la tutela de Eva, se forma Ala Alba (las Alas Blancas, en honor al grupo del padre de Negi, las Alas Carmesi), un club escolar especialmente dedicado a asistir a Negi en su búsqueda. Además de sus siete parejas (o Partners, o como sea que ustedes lo hayan leído), están Ku Fei, Kaede, Asakura (con Sayo), Chachamaru y Kotaro (si señores: después de cuatro adaptaciones animadas, finalmente hace su debut el otro hombre importante del grupo de los buenos), todo un equipo de elite dispuesto a entrenar hasta el cansancio para hacerse más fuertes y lograr su objetivo. Por desgracia, Ayaka y el resto de las chicas del 3-A van a descubrir sus planes, y van a querer sumarse al viaje…
Animación: la calidad de estos OVAs es espectacular. O tal vez sea solo muy buena, y solo resalta mucho por comparársela con el primer anime. Los paisajes son muy bonitos y brillantes (lo que se nota mucho, porque la acción transcurre en una playa y en la casa de Eva), y lo más importante de todo, el diseño de personajes es ahora como el del manga (mucho más cercano al de Negima!? que al de Mahou Sensei Negima), lo que significa, no mas pelo verde para Chisame, no mas chocolate para Chamo, y otras cosas. En cuanto a la magia, si bien no hay muchas peleas (estos capítulos son más bien preparatorios para lo que se viene), todos los poderes usados están bien hechos y son muy vistosos, especialmente en el duelo del principio del primer capítulo, y los poderes de hielo de Eva.
Y como esto es una adaptación híper fiel al manga, hay fan service aquí y allá (aunque no tanto como en los primeros capítulos del manga).
Sonido: Happy Material, el opening del primer anime, vuelve a estar presente (como opening y como ending del tercer capítulo), ligeramente más tranquilo. El ending también es el de Mahou Sensei Negima, Kagayaku Kimi e, y de nuevo, esta ligeramente modificado para sonar más despacio. Todas las seiyuus de las primeras series están presentes, y se incorpora Marina Inoue como Kotaro (Yoko en Gurren Lagan, Rei en Highschool of the Dead). Todas hacen un muy buen trabajo (son buenas seiyuus, después de todo, cantan sus propios openings y endings), aunque la entonación de alguna suena medio rara, como la de Mana y Asakura.
Veredicto: Lisa y llanamente, estas OVAs (y sus continuaciones) son lo mejor que hay animado de Negima, (al menos hasta ahora… creo que todos tenemos muchas esperanzas respecto a la película), solo por ser fiel al trabajo original. Lo que significa buen dibujo (aplasta al primer anime en este aspecto) y personajes bien caracterizados (nada de los poemas raros de Zazie, o Yuna jugando con tanques). Es tan fiel que, desafortunadamente, solo podrán entenderlo los seguidores del manga (muy seguidores del manga… el ending tiene imágenes de capítulos tan avanzados como el 287!), debido al momento arbitrario en el que arranca (además de que los hechos, a veces, saltan muy rápido de uno a otro, pudiendo dejar confuso incluso al publico que leyó el manga). Esto es una lástima, porque, a pesar de una vez más animar una parte en la que no hay mucha acción, si hay mucho humor, y realmente es muy divertido.
Lo dicho: MUY recomendable para las personas que leyeron el manga de Negima, y se mueren por ver algo animado. También son recomendables sus continuaciones: Mahou Sensei Negima! Mou Hitotsu no Sekai y Mahou Sensei Negima! Mou Hitotsu no Sekai Extra: Mahou Shoujo Yue.
… y si por alguna razón leyeron esta review sin haber leído el manga, recomiendo vehementemente que lo lean. Es de lo mejor que hay dando vueltas en estos momentos.
2: Seto no Hanayome OVA
English: Seto no Hanayome OVA
Japanese: 瀬戸の花嫁 OVA
MAL Score: 7.86
The Seto no Hanayome OVAs are new stand alone shorts with characters from the series and also two new ones. It is now the third year of school, San and Luna’s dads are still being over protective. All the while Nagasumi has his hands full trying to keep everyone around him under control and rescuing damsels in distress.
Seto no Hanayome fans should be pleased with the recent OVA. From the familiar comedy/parody that it is well praised for, to the unexpected heart-stopping horror, AIC and GONZO deliver one of the best OVA of the season. For new Seto no Hanayome fans, feel free to check out my review on the TV series if you are unsure about whether you should watch it or not.
The OVA consists of 4 mini-stories about 15 minutes each. Most of these stories are very humourous and entertaining (albeit a bit all-over-the-place at times), but what is rather lacking is the characters development. In fact, you will be disappointed if you are looking for some romance between Nagasumi and San. In short, most of the relationships between all characters stayed roughly the same since the end of the TV series. This means Luna Papa-san is still trying to bring happiness to his daughter through some ridiculous methods, Gouzaburou is still beating the sh!t out of Nagasumi whenever possible, Nagasumi is still a slave to Luna, and you get the point.
The introduction of the new character Satori (monkey Hideyoshi’s younger sister), was not really well done. While no one expected her to be main star for the show, many of us actually expected something more from her (and perhaps give her more screen time and elaborate on her relation with her brother).
As for sound and animation, both are very well executed especially the OP for both episodes. In particular, I personally find the 2nd OP “Tenshi Ranman Love Power” really addictive. To suit the whacky nature of this show, the animation technique used throughout each mini-story differs slightly from time to time and it is always done in such a way as to maximize the atmosphere to get the viewers to the right “mood”. This is extremely true when one compare the previous mini-stories with the last story in the OVA.
Overall, Seto no Hanayome OVA (Jin + Gi) met the level of expectation from fans and it is without a doubt that it’ll worth your one hour of time watching it.
There isn’t much of a story but this was originally an outrageous Parody, Romantic, Comedy so it doesn’t matter as the main plot remains the same. Each episode is basically split up into two scenarios; where it starts off by quickly setting the scene and all you have to do is sit back relax and see how it all plays out. The first scenario is as follows: it’s the beginning of a new school semester and Nagasumi is forced to move to a class of delinquent students, then we have a date to the movies scenario, followed by a maid café one and to close matters with a horror story. These scenarios may seem pretty ordinary for your average anime but this is Seto no Hanayome, so you can expect an outrageous, original, experience from this short OVA.
The outrageous part stems from the characters and surprisingly all the characters make an appearance at some point, never forgetting to show their usual quirks. There are also two new characters that make an appearance in this OVA but don’t expect any character development, since that was never this series’ strong point.
Although just as you’d expect from an OVA, the production values are quite high. It has the same colourful, comical, designs that made this series so funny but anyone can tell that a lot of effort has been pumped into the outrageous moments and various parodies. The music is also nicely done; with a catchy OP and ED theme for each episode on the other hand the soundtrack is pretty much the same deal.
Overall Seto no Hanayome is one of the few awesome TV series that managed to spawn an OVA that just as awesome. Even though it lacks any form of development and common sense, the fast-paced comedy is what makes up for it and also makes this the most enjoyable OVA I’ve seen in a long time.
It’s not often that an anime comes along and really blows you away the way Mermaid did for me in the comedy department. It’s even LESS common for there to be OVAs for a great series and they add something meaningful or retain the same quality of the original. This is where Mermaid again proves that it’s one of the most hilarious, savvy productions out there.
Artwork and Animation: 10
It’s hard for me to rate this a 10, because it really should be 11. The original Mermaid covered a ton of art forms in its parody and spoof elements, and it’s alive and well in the OVA- more pop culture references and other popular anime looks. This time though, the animation got even ‘sharper’! One can tell just from the opening that a great amount of attention to detail was paid to these little extras, which is refreshing for in what most other series would be an afterthought. It’s silky smooth, more colorful than ever, and greatly fleshed out.
Sounds and Voice Acting: 8
Unfortunately, the OVA was never licensed, and so didn’t receive the awesome dub attention that the main series got, but nevertheless, it’s still very effective in conjuring up laughter from the craziness. Lunar and Chimp are probably the biggest standouts in Japanese audio.
Same players, slightly different game. There are two new characters introduced- Saturn- who is one creepy, insane chick. To say more would be spoiling it, but suffice to say that she leaves her mark on Lunar and Nagasumi in a somewhat creepy, but hilarious spoof on the horror genre. The other new character is Chimp’s little sister, Satori- a fiendish little brat who has a thing for “bad boys”.
Given the short nature of the OVAs, (1 hour of total content, but divided up into 4 chapters, or 13 minute episodes) the stories don’t build on each other, but upon the series as a whole. They take place one year after the close of Mermaid season 1, and is the chaos of Nagasumi’s life ever funnier! As I said before, it’s rare that an OVA adds anything meaningful, but we get to see how things are going beyond the close of the original series, with some fun little short episodes that have nearly as much comedy and as many references as a full episode in the original.
In my opinion, the first episode of the first OVA was the best- with an utterly bonkers takeoff of Battle Royale (known to most as the Hunger Games) where Nagasumi is put in a new homeroom for delinquents run by Shark Fujishiro, who organizes a fight to the death amongst them. Nagasumi of course ends up with a garbage weapon and has to fight The Emperor, a middle school student straight out of Jojo’s Bizzare Adventure who’s at least 30 years old.
Elsewhere, there’s a new transfer student in Gozaburo Seto’s class… LUNAR PAPA! Yes, he’s still wearing the sailor uniform, and yes, he still kicks a lot of ass.
Enjoyment and Overall: 9
Mermaid is still funny as ever, and some other characters get a little bit of the spotlight in these, particularly Akeno. If you’re looking for another taste of My Bride is a Mermaid after finishing the main show- this is a very worthy bonus!
1: Tsubasa: Tokyo Revelations
English: Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE: Tokyo Revelations
Japanese: ツバサ TOKYO REVELATIONS
MAL Score: 8.30
Continuing their journey from Record Country (the place that held the book of memories), Syaoran and company land into Tokyo Country, a blood-filled country under war from opposing factions for natural resources and survival. While reluctantly involved in the race to live, the group faces their own problems as certain revelations are made, changing their journey forever.
A shocking betrayal and a battle that risks all of their lives. After this revelation, they will never be the same again.
I really enjoyed the story. Albeit too rushed: I had trouble understanding at times, though everything’s clear now. I think it could’ve been twice the length it was without really being any worse. Anyway, it was really great, from the original Syaoran’s and the Clone’s awakening to the revelation of Fei Wong’s plans and how much he has actually affected the group’s journey so far.
The animation style of this was… wow. At first, I was surprised to see a completely new animation style, but I soon got accustomed to it, and soon after I fell in love with it. It was a quantum leap in quality, which was most likely due to the fact that it was an OVA. If only the entire series had been like this… Oh, well. At any rate, you’ll most likely enjoy the improved animation.
The music in this series is – and will always be – legendary, at least in my heart. Nay but astounding pieces of music; themes and songs which I could listen to over and over again without growing bored of them (and so have I done). This is how an anime soundtrack should be, and I can almost certainly guarantee that you’ll enjoy the music in this series.
In this OVA, the characters experienced a change for the better; growing much more deeper. The characters were somewhat the same as the original series, but I felt that there were changes to them – both at the start of and during the series. Die-hard fans of the original series might get turned off by the fact that the characters changed a bit, but I felt that they were much more enjoyable, and I’m sure you will too, even though you might require some time to get used to it.
All in all, I really, really enjoyed the OVA; there were many changes for the better, but it also kept the best from the earlier seasons, making this much better. There are some changes you might have to get used to, and the story was definitely a bit rushed, but I can guarantee that you will enjoy this OVA at least as much as you enjoyed the original series.
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Wonder no more.
Tsubasa Chronicle: Tokyo Revelations is quite literally a godsend, not only for the poor souls that suffered through the uninspired Bee Train adaptation, but also those (myself included) who felt the artwork and pacing for the manga chapters the OVA covers were way off-balance. For the revelations at hand, no one delivers the goods better.
First thing fans are going to recognize is the art style, which is much more defined and fluid than the TV series. The fight scenes are seamless and perfect in nearly every way, and backgrounds are fleshed out wonderfully. Moreso, the series’ shining point, the OST, is abundant here. Unlike the TV series, however, the OVA uses Yuki Kajiura’s compositions minimally and saves the big pieces for dramatic effect. For me, the OST just got better. Also, I adore the melancholy OP.
Of course, Tsubasa has a story and, in this case, one Bee Train decided to ignore completely due to the dark nature of the titular revelations. Production I.G. did not sway. Though some minor plot points are rearranged, everything flows and follows the manga as if you were watching a full-color, audio-enhanced slideshow of the chapter panels. Though these chapters suffer themselves from pacing, the OVA makes things clearer and much less muddled than the manga. Still, too much happens at once and the OVA faults in not giving each revelation enough due reaction with all that’s going on.
Naturally, characters also take some turns as this is the manga’s turning point. And wow, what changes they are! Really, going any further would risk massive spoiler territory, but the OVA crams a series’ worth of character development into these 3 episodes. Phenomenal is an understatement, and the way the seiyuu handle these changes is nothing short of vocal mastery. It is easily the high point of this already excellent OVA.
When everything comes together, it’s definitely something worth appreciating, and one can only hope that more Tsubasa anime will follow from Production I.G. It is very much enjoyable, but it won’t leave a serious impact on you. The only thing I really took from this was "this is Tsubasa done right", but for me that is enough to warrant a high enjoyment rating.
Overall, Tsubasa Chronicle: Tokyo Revelations gets a 9. Best anime adaption of the series to date, and excels beyond the manga in delivering the goods in a way that isn’t horribly confusing.
Tsubasa Chronicle: Tokyo Revelations
This OAV is astounding. The characters have more development then they did throughout the first two seasons. The art style was more defined, more "Mature" in the scope that Tsubasa truely is. Syaoran simply looked taller, more defined and slender, like a cross between Kurogane and Fai, the way a main characters body should look.
Following the manga pretty much to a T, the "Revelations" that are discovered and exposed in the dreary acid rain filled town that once was Tokyo, were mind blowing to me. Each character went through something big in just 3 episodes, and the best part is it didn’t feel rushed.
My enjoyment with these OAV’s was through the roof. Seeing the characters for who they really are. It is indeed a must see if you love anything about Tsubasa.
Did YOUR favorite anime make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!
1. Tsubasa: Tokyo Revelations
2. Seto no Hanayome OVA
3. Mahou Sensei Negima!: Shiroki Tsubasa Ala Alba
4. School Rumble San Gakki
5. D.C.if: Da Capo if
6. Tsuma Shibori
7. Ikoku Irokoi Romantan
8. Kimi ga Nozomu Eien: Next Season
9. Kiss x Sis
10. To Heart 2 AD